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Nvidia Officially Prices and Dates (Project) Shield Handheld

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Nvidia makes good on the launch details for its gaming device.

A few days ago, Nvidia showed off the production mold that it's using to produce the casing for Project Shield. Now, the company has moved on to more important details, like release dates and pricing for the handheld gaming device.

 

Nvidia this morning announced that the company will drop the 'project' from Project Shield. The product is officially now just 'Shield' so there'll be no Project Natal/Kinect renaming going on here. If you signed up for updates via the Shield wesbite, you can pre-order starting today. For everyone else, pre-orders for Shied will kick off on May 21, with the console set to ship in June. Pricing is set at $349 and the device will be available via Newegg, GameStop, Micro Center and Canada Computers.

 

Shield is a 5-inch Android-based mounted on a game pad. It sports a quad-core Tegra 4 SoC, a 5-inch capacitive multi-touch screen, and Google's full-blown Android "Jelly Bean" OS. There are also two built-in speakers, Wireless-N connectivity, HDMI output, a microUSB port, a microSD card slot, 32 GB of internal storage and 2 GB of RAM.

Our own Kevin Parrish went hands on with Shield at GTC 2013. Check it out here.

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    jaber2 , May 14, 2013 9:11 AM
    Is there a need for this?
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    ragenalien , May 14, 2013 9:58 AM
    I was completely on track to purchase one for $200 or maybe $250. Not even going to consider it for this price, sorry Nvidia, you lost most of your market here already.
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    deathengine , May 14, 2013 9:31 AM
    Pricing is just as ridiculous as Nvidia's video cards. No thanks,.
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  • 12 Hide
    jaber2 , May 14, 2013 9:11 AM
    Is there a need for this?
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    aberkae , May 14, 2013 9:12 AM
    It is shipping to consumers in 3rd quarter not 2nd! Pc streaming is a beta feature ( except bugs) $349 lmfao.
  • 10 Hide
    deathengine , May 14, 2013 9:31 AM
    Pricing is just as ridiculous as Nvidia's video cards. No thanks,.
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    JAYDEEJOHN , May 14, 2013 9:57 AM
    They do know the economies not going well right?
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    cepheid , May 14, 2013 9:57 AM
    So for almost the cost of a next-gen console I can have a worthless system that runs Jelly Bean? Yeah........ok Nvidia.............
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    ragenalien , May 14, 2013 9:58 AM
    I was completely on track to purchase one for $200 or maybe $250. Not even going to consider it for this price, sorry Nvidia, you lost most of your market here already.
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    CaptainTom , May 14, 2013 9:58 AM
    Is Nvidia trying to burn through their piles of cash?
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    WithoutWeakness , May 14, 2013 10:45 AM
    It's unfortunate that they're asking so much for this device, especially when the streaming feature will only work with their already-overpriced Kepler cards. Pairing this with a weak GTX 660 will put you at over $550 for a 5" 720p screen to play your games on. For that same $550 you could get a GTX 670 a 24" 1080p monitor and enjoy your games The Way It's Meant to be Played™.
    Nvidia needs to make this $100 cheaper and drop the price of the higher-end Kepler cards to the appropriate levels and they'll sell many more than they will at this price. I'm getting annoyed by Nvidia's increasing price gouging over the last year.
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    chumly , May 14, 2013 10:55 AM
    Tegra plays games like crap. Wait for AMD for handhelds. That is all.
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    athulajp , May 14, 2013 11:01 AM
    Guys, this thing has a lot of features modern(more expensive) phones have, it's got some features that they don't have, and doesn't have some that they do have, it is more powerful and comes with a controller. If you honestly expected this to ship at a lower price than $300, you're asking for quite a lot. $350 is a bit high for it IMO, but it's a product without much competition.
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    southernshark , May 14, 2013 11:05 AM
    Maybe if it were also a phone, then I'd consider it at that price.
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    Au_equus , May 14, 2013 11:18 AM
    My understanding is that you would have to be in a certain proximity (as with all wireless devices) to your PC. That being said, if I wanted to play PC games with a controller, I'd use an xbox adapter/controller and hook the PC up to a large screen HDTV and play from the comfort of my sofa or bed (akin to a regular gaming console). Why would I pay $300 more to stare at a 5" screen within 18" of my eyes in addition to the headaches of bugs associated with a post-beta device?
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    bull22 , May 14, 2013 11:24 AM
    $350? I'll wait to buy one used :X
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    xalted , May 14, 2013 11:29 AM
    $349? Apparently selling the actual units isn't a concern.
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    ikaz , May 14, 2013 11:46 AM
    Lol can you get a sony Vita for cheaper and it has beter specs and games ? (even though it dying too) just saying.
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    flowingbass , May 14, 2013 11:47 AM
    Lately, when i see the word "NVIDIA" i always hope to see news about the gtx 700 series.
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    DRosencraft , May 14, 2013 11:54 AM
    A project that makes little sense, with a price that makes next to no sense, from a company whose recent decisions seem to make less and less sense in general. What is going on at Nvidia?
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    JAYDEEJOHN , May 14, 2013 12:05 PM
    Now we know why they are green ;) 
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    bustapr , May 14, 2013 12:20 PM
    not too sure where nvidias is going with this. for that price, Im pretty sure a vita is a better deal and more affordable. the only thing this has over the vita is the full os and play store. to say the vita is dying wouldnt be all that right since the release of the ps4 will undoubtably increase vita sales exponentially. I know that if I buy a ps4, Id consider getting a vita to keep the little rascals away from the tv when theyre over. I just cant consider getting this at this price, especially since I have no nvidia gpu.
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    slomo4sho , May 14, 2013 12:24 PM
    Or pay $300 for a Nexus for similar gaming performance and greater functionality...
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